Science / Year 9 / Science Inquiry Skills / Questioning and predicting

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Curriculum content descriptions

Formulate questions or hypotheses that can be investigated scientifically (ACSIS164)

Elaborations
  • using internet research to identify problems that can be investigated
  • evaluating information from secondary sources as part of the research process
  • revising and refining research questions to target specific information and data collection or finding a solution to the specific problem identified
  • developing ideas from students own or others' investigations and experiences to investigate further
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Hypotheses

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